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Matthew Wat­son extends the tra­di­tional mode of rep­re­sen ­ta­tion to con­cep­tual ends\, turn­ing por­trai­ture away from a con­ver­ sa­tion of class to the delin­eation of his com­mu­nity and its poten­tial value. Here\, inter­per­sonal rela­tion­ships replace feu­dal lines of powe r. Tra­di­tional skill and tech­ni­cal acu­ity are endowed with an ide­o­lo g­i­cal purview towards the present. Wat­son makes trans­par­ent the lin­ea ge and con­nec­tions of art world hier­ar­chy\, allow­ing us to see it thro ugh a lens of posi­tion­ing and prox­im­ity.

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Com­mis­sion | Bart er | For Sale\, Watson’s first exhi­bi­tion at Joe Shef­tel Gallery\, p resents twenty-first cen­tury sub­jects in a man­ner origin-ating from the six­teenth cen­tury. The indi­vid­u­als depicted serve dif­fer­ent roles – dealer\, col­lec­tor\, men­tor\, artist/critic\, col­league – roles that co n­tribute to the very paint­ings in which they are rep­re­sented. In short\ , the exhi­bi­tion presents a map that reveals Watson’s ever-evolving pro­f es­sional rela­tion­ships\, from men­tors and busi­ness asso­ciates to bene ­fac­tors and peers.

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Vary­ing in size from 9” x 7” to 29” x 29”\, t he paint­ings on view are con­cerned with por­trai­ture – where court life and feu­dal sys­tems gave way to a new­found nobil­ity. In these new paint­ ings\, the fig­ure is often por­trayed in front of another artist’s work – Jutta Koether\, Dan Gra­ham\, John or Ann Cham­ber­lain\, or Alex Da Corte. A series of rela­tion­ships emerge where the rep­re­sented fig­ures are te th­ered by what is pic­tured behind them. Wat­son deploys the court painter ’s use of iconog­ra­phy\, replac­ing indi­ca­tions of wealth with con­tem­p o­rary art ref­er­ences\, bring­ing into focus the power of intel­lec­tual value.

DTEND:20130224 DTSTAMP:20140829T202802 DTSTART:20130113 GEO:40.7154876;-73.9915222 LOCATION:Joe Sheftel Gallery\,24A Orchard \nNY\, NY 10002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Commission | Barter | For Sale\, Matthew Watson UID:254407 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130113T200000 DTSTAMP:20140829T202802 DTSTART:20130113T180000 GEO:40.7154876;-73.9915222 LOCATION:Joe Sheftel Gallery\,24A Orchard \nNY\, NY 10002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Commission | Barter | For Sale\, Matthew Watson UID:254408 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR